"Kimberly has tremendous upside and will improve at a great rate," Kinsey said. "She didn't really follow a traditional long distance plan through high school until this summer. She played a lot of soccer and with now sole focus on running she was able to improve tremendously in her senior year. Track should be a lot of fun for Kim this spring."
Avalos is a two-time state qualifier in Cross Country. Her junior year, she placed 16th in the Division V 5K race, finishing in 19:29. She would better that time by 46 seconds her senior year at the CIF state championship race, finishing in an impressive 18:43 and placing inside the top 10 with a sixth-place finish.
"Her improvements and commitment to move up to the D-1 level will bring her career to new heights," Kinsey said. "She joins a team that is growing in numbers and talent each season. She is a great student as well and has a very enjoyable nature about her that fits right in with what we are building here at Saint Mary's."